Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

  • Equity and Inclusion Program Development Associate

    Job Locations US-IL-Aurora
    Posted Date
    4 weeks ago(11/19/2018 5:19 PM)
    Human Resources
  • Overview

    The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment.  The support for a community of mutual respect requires the engagement of the entire Academy, and is encompassed in IMSA’s belief, “Diverse perspectives enrich understanding.”  IMSA is committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition, through a model of Equity and Excellence.


    This Equity and Excellence Model is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.  The Equity and Inclusion Program Development Specialist position is responsible for student-focused diversity and inclusion programming and provides support to the following Equity and Excellence Policy action steps:


    1. Implementing strategies to recruit, support and retain Culturally, Linguistically and Economically Diverse groups and support and retain Marginalized groups.
    1. Differentiating resources as necessary to provide every student with access to Culturally Competent pedagogy, curriculum, co-curriculum, support, facilities and other educational resources with an ultimate goal of achieving Excellence.


    The Equity and Inclusion Program Development Specialist cultivates close working relationships with students, faculty and staff in order to move forward diversity, equity and inclusion at IMSA, and is supervised and evaluated by the Director of Equity and Inclusion


    This position is a part-time, 10-month, exempt position with approximately 25 - 30 hours of work per week.  The hours are flexible, but include evenings (2pm – 10pm) and Saturday hours (10am – 6pm).


    Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of diversity, equity and inclusion faculty, staff, student and community programs.


    Assist in the administration and analysis of diversity and inclusion student climate surveys.


    Provide support to student/residential life, PFS and IN2 staff in the implementation to the Equity and Excellence Plan.


    Advise Peer Multicultural Educators including:

    • Coordinate Courageous Conversations to discuss current issues at IMSA and society related to social justice, diversity and inclusion,
    • Coordinate Identity Advocate Program to support Gender and Sexual Diversity Initiatives.


    Assist in management of the HUB, Student Diversity and Inclusion Center

    • This center is a physical safe space for students that coordinates support groups for culturally, linguistically and economically diverse students, along with other marginalized groups and advocates on their behalf, contributing to student retention and addressing issues of feeling “unsafe”.

    Remain current with the scholarship, pedagogy and theoretical underpinnings of equity education and cultural competence.


    Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred in Education, Cultural Studies, Psychology, Sociology or related field


    Experience in social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion and/or cultural program development.


    Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact with diverse internal and external constituents.


    Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct multiple projects and activities with varied deadlines.


    Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and strong problem-solving ability.


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